It’s just been brought to our attention that a glitch in HMRC’s computer system has sent out late payment letters demanding £100 penalty fee to thousands of taxpayers who filed their returns on time.
As many as 17,000 letters could have been sent out in error, on top of the 850,000 to people who actually did miss the deadline, which was extended to February 2nd thanks to a call centre strike.
The letters advise tax payers that they have been charged £100 for missing the tax return deadline and that additional penalties and debt collection agencies will be brought in if they continue to avoid payment.
A spokesman for HMRC, speaking to The Sun, said the problem was likely to affect anyone who filed their tax return before Christmas and advised anyone who had received the letter by mistake to ignore it: “We have cancelled the penalties and apologise to those affected. If these customers check online they will see that payments have been correctly credited to their accounts.”.